The Seattle Seahawks are squarely in the NFC playoff hunt, and a Monday night matchup against the 6-5-1 Minnesota Vikings will be a huge test for this squad as they prepare to fight to keep their playoff hopes alive in the final month of the season.

A big part of Seattle’s success has been their revamped rushing attack, which is led by the trio of Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had high praise for the Seahawks this week – including praising Carson in particular.

“I think they do an excellent job in the run game, obviously,” Zimmer said. “I think (Chris) Carson is maybe one of the best backs in the league, really, watching him run. He’s physical, he’s downhill, he hurdles, he does so many good things. They do a great job in their scheme and the way they block (with) the different schemes they have off of it.”

Carson has been a catalyst for Seattle’s dynamic offensive attack this season, rushing 157 times for 704 yards and four touchdowns in ten games. He has eclipsed 100 yards rushing three times this year, and has emerged as Seattle’s go-to back despite heavy competition from both Penny and Davis.

Zimmer didn’t only heap praise on the run-game however, pointing out how dangerous Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin are in the receiving game, and even praising Seattle’s tight ends as well.

Monday’s contest will give either Seattle or Minnesota a marquee victory and an important tiebreaker as both teams battle for one of the two wildcard spots that are up for grabs. Kickoff is slated for 5:15 p.m. PT.